“Leading with the Helmet” is anything but “offensive.” (Get it?) Week to week I will tackle the IDP issues that you-the-owner care about most. Come back at the beginning of each week for a comprehensive overview of my IDP views and insights for the upcoming fantasy football season.
Player T TFL A FR FF Int SK Notes
Willis, Patrick SFO LB 74 5 23 2 4 1 2 (Missed 3 of final 4 games)
Jackson, D'Qwell CLE LB 115 12 41 3 1 1 3.5
Beason, Jon CAR LB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 (Injured game 1)
Ware, Demarcus DAL LB 48 23 10 1 2 0 19.5 (Sack heavy leagues)
Laurinaitis, James STL LB 105 12 37 1 0 2 3
Lofton, Curtis ATL LB 87 8 60 1 1 2 1
Fletcher, London WAS LB 96 5 71 0 2 2 2
Bowman, Navorro SFO LB 110 8.5 31 3 0 0 2
Johnson, Derrick KCC LB 104 10 27 1 1 2 2
On the Verge: Paul Posluszny, Brian Cushing, Chad Greenway, Ray Lewis (the usual), David Hawthorn, Pat Angerer, Rolando McClain (Suspension looms-assault charge)
Now, it may seem like I put last year’s top 20 Linebackers in top-hat and pulled them out one by one. It may also look like every other top 10 on the market. There is just one thing you, as a fantasy manager must take away in order to be successful in 2012 and for years to come. The top LB’s each year, can usually be found in the top ten the year before. The funny thing about fantasy sports….it rarely matters how your league is scored when it comes to IDP rankings. The only player to tailor to your scoring system would have to be Demarcus Ware, but I was hard-pressed to find a league (any scoring system) where he wasn’t all over the leader board. I took a chance on Jon Beason as the majority of his first-step speed comes from that Achilles tendon. Fantasy Managers; do not be alarmed, Beason his still young at 27 and should be able to regain his elite LB form this year. For the top man, it was a no-brainer. Patrick Willis was the football IDP version of a numerous tool player. He filled the stat sheet with 97 tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles (Missing 3 games). He will have no trouble carrying your line backing corps this season, IF you’re willing to reach a little for him. Feel free to insert your “on the verge” players into any spot between 5 and 9 and your team will be a titan for any team that comes up against you.
Robert comes from an extensive background in fantasy football. He has competed in competitive leagues for over 10 years, which he has won on numerous occasions. He should bring a fresh perspective to a side of fantasy football looked over by the bulk of fantasy informers. Individual defensive players are possibly the most important element to having a well-rounded fantasy football team, as most people look to the big names to carry their team. Robert comes from a back ground in sports, where he played D3 college basketball at Millsaps College. As an intense competitor he wants to share his knowledge to help you compete in this years fantasy football season.